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Fact or Fiction … Can a hair serum grow your hair 2″ in ONE week?

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Have problem hair that just won’t grow? Well, I may have stumbled across a solution. While browsing YouTube a while back, I meandered upon a video from one of my favorite YouTubers, Melissa Erial. She makes absolutely stunning hair tutorials. If you’ve never watched any of her flawless hairstyle creations, you’re missing out! One video in particular intrigued me. It was entitled, “GROW your hair 2 inches in just 1 week – Hair growth serum!” Needless to say I was instantly fascinated. Here’s the original vid that caught my eye …

 

The Recipe

  1. Extract 7 oz. of aloe vera gel from an aloe vera plant and place it into a blender (or bowl).
  2. Add 3 TBSP of Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO).
    • I used “extra strength” organic JBCO from Simply Organic.
  3. Add 1 tsp of vitamin e oil.
  4. Combine ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
    • Or, you can just add the ingredients to a small or medium bowl, like a did, and use a hand mixer.
  5. Transfer contents to an 8 oz. applicator bottle.
  6. Enjoy!

The Method

DAY #1: Start out on freshly washed (e.g., shampooed, conditioned, deep conditioned, etc.), detangled, damp hair. Shake mixture prior to use (if necessary). I didn’t have to do this because my hand mixer did such a good job of combining all of the ingredients. Next, part hair and apply mixture directly to your scalp.Or, you can just randomly apply the concoction all over your mane. When done, massage your scalp for 5 minutes. Comb mixture through hair. (I finger combed!) Then, style your hair as desired.

DAY #2 – #7: Co-wash mixture from prior day out of your hair. Once hair is clean, apply serum all over scalp and hair, repeating the process for each subsequent day as before (on day #1).

The Process

I decided to run a little 7-day experiment to see if I could obtain similar results as Melissa Erial. Here’s what happened …

 

 

The Conclusion

I think this strategy might work better for someone with relaxed or type 1 or 2 hair. Although my hair felt soft, stayed well-moisturized, and had phenomenal curl definition, it didn’t do much in the way of hair growth. (Sigh.) On to the next experiment …

 

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Quick Tip #23: Get Some (Nail) Therapy!

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Kocostar Nail Therapy

Have broken, damaged nails? Are your nail beds splitting and peeling? Don’t fret! Everyone experiences periods of stress or sadness about their personal appearance from time to time. If you’re feeling more grief than normal, it may be time to get some therapy … nail therapy, that is!

My sister gifted me some therapeutic intervention a while ago, and I never seemed to have time to sit still and actually use this unique beauty tool! When I did, I was blown away by how well it worked (and felt shameful about not utilizing this treatment sooner)! After peeling off my gel manicure (don’t judge!), my nails were left weak and damaged. After only ONE 30-minute application of this nail therapy, my nails looked shinier and felt much less fragile. It soothed and moisturized my nail beds while providing much-needed nutrition and strength to my overall nails. And, my skin (e.g., the tips of my fingers) felt baby soft. And, the best part? The results are immediate and lasting!

This intense, soothing treatment contains loads of botanicals and vitamins that protect and repair stressed nails while strengthening nails against splitting and peeling. If you are an excessive nail art lover, this nail therapy is a must for you! If you’re the busy, multitasking type who’s always short on time, don’t worry! You can treat your nails and still use your smart devices at the same time. For instance, while using the treatment, I was still able to check my emails on my iPhone with ease … For added protection during the week, I also used Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Hardener (in natural tint). Talk about a power-packed nail protection duo!

 

Ingredients:

Aqua/ Water/Eau, Glycerin, Paraffinumliquidum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Behenyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Betaine, ButyrospermumParkii (Shea Butter), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Silk, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cera alba, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, 1.2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, CaprylylGlycol, IlliciumVerum(Anise)Fruit Extract, Soluble Collagen, AscorbylTetraisopalmitate, Ceramide 3, Milk Protein Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus AurantiumSinensis (Orange) Fiber, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit, Citrus Grandis(Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Disodium EDTA

Directions for Use:

Peel open each pack and place a mask on each finger. Leave on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Massage remaining liquid from mask into the fingernail area (e.g., onto finger tips and finger nails) after removing the mask from each finger. Use as needed.

Storage and Handling Measures:

Keep product out of reach of children. Store at room temperature. Keep product away from direct light. Use immediately after opening.

Precautions:

Stop using product and consult a dermatologist or physician if the following occurs: swelling, red (strawberry) marks, itchiness and burning effects due to indirect or direct exposure to light.

PROS

  • Vitamins C, E, and ceramide provide shine and elasticity to nails
  • Milk protein and collagen protect nail roots
  • Portulaca extract and shea butter nourish and moisturize cuticles
  • Aloe vera and silk soften skin
  • Includes 5 packages (Only $4 per treatment)
  • While you care your nail, you can use your smartphone, i-pad, etc.
  • Great stocking stuffers or additions to gift baskets for the beauty enthusiast

CONS

  • This may be a first … ABSOLUTELY NONE!

 

Want more at-home spa treatment? The same company also has a foot therapy wrap made to exfoliate and soothe stressed feet! Check it out!

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DIY ECO STYLER Curl Cream

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If you want something lighter (and less oily) than the DIY Eco Styler custard, just turn your fave Eco Styler Gel into a moisturizing hair cream or twist butter.

  1. Place 2 TBSP raw, unrefined shea butter in a double boiler.
    • I like ivory shea butter best but, if you like, you can also use yellow shea butter. They both come from the nut of the Karite tree. However, yellow shea butter has Borututu tree roots (a medicinal plant) added during the milling process to give it a golden color and to make it slightly more firm.
    • NOTE: If your shea butter is pure white in color, it is refined. As someone who is 67% West African, in my family, buying refined shea butter is a cardinal sin! It’s just not done. Besides, the refinement process (i.e., bleaching, deodorizing, etc.) can leave harmful toxins in the final product. It also tends to remove most of the beneficial properties of shea butter, which pretty much defeats the purpose of buying shea butter in the first place.
  2. Add 2 TBSP castor oil.
  3. Add 10 TBSP Eco Styler Argan Oil Gel (⅝ cup).
  4. Add 3 TBSP of rose water.
    • Whip with an electric hand mixer on medium speed.
    • I remove one beater (i.e., only use one beater) for this whole process to avoid overcrowding the bowl or having to use a vessel 10x larger than necessary.
  5. Add ½ tsp vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that reduces scalp inflammation and helps to repair damage to hair follicles.
    • It also helps to extend shelf life. I like the Sundown Naturals brand.
  6. OPTIONAL (but highly recommended): Add essential oils for fragrance and to extend shelf life.
    • 10 drops rose geranium: prevents dull, limp hair and strengthens hair follicles.
    • 10 drops bergamot: promotes hair growth and prevents scalp buildup.
  7. Mix one final time to incorporate all ingredients.
  8. Transfer to an 8 oz. container.
    • Product will continue to thicken as it comes to room temp. If you would like it to thicken more swiftly, place the finished product in the fridge for an hour and then remove.
    • NOTE: This DOES NOT have to be stored in the fridge! But, letting it chill in the fridge for an hour will thicken the cream at a faster rate.
    • Happy styling!

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DIY Beard Balm

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  1. Prepare a double boiler (i.e., as if you were tempering chocolate). 

    • If you do not have a double boiler, you can create a makeshift one by placing a Pyrex glass bowl or stainless steel bowl over a pot filled ¼ to ½ of the way with water.
    • Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer before adding ingredients.
    • For all my fellow foodies out there, you already know that this method, much like the protective cooking it provides when preparing something with delicate ingredients (e.g., whisking up an egg-based sabayon), will help to prevent the recipe components from the dangers of direct heat. This, in turn, preserves the integrity of our ingredients. 
  2. Add 2 TBSP of  sweet almond oil.
    • Used since biblical times, almond oil is easily absorbed by the skin and helps to alleviate dryness.
    • It also combats future acne, due to its high vitamin A content.
  3. Add 1 TBSP of apricot oil.
    • Apricot oil softens hair and helps to soothe irritated skin.
  4. Add 1 TBSP of organic beeswax.
    • Beeswax has anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to trap moisture into the skin and hair and also promotes healthy hair growth.
    • I like to use the pastilles for easier (and faster) melting.
    • You can purchase yellow or white organic beeswax pastilles, depending on your preference. I like the white pastilles because it doesn’t overly saturate my product with color, but either are fine. The yellow beeswax is in its raw, unadulterated (aka unbleached) form. The white pastilles are filtered and lightened. Just make sure they are chemical-free (collected from unsprayed and unfertilized fields) and are bleached naturally (i.e., via air and/or sunlight).
  5. Add 1 TBSP of pure castor oil.
    • Due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, castor oil helps to treat acne, rashes, and other skin conditions.Just make sure it is hexane-free and cold-pressed.
    • This oil is high in vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids.
    • Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes castor oil the supreme oil of choice for expedited hair growth.
  6. Add ½ teaspoon of vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin E oil has anti-aging properties that prevent the damaging effects from the environment (e.g., free radicals).
    • This nutrient-rich oil heals and repairs skin and hair.
    • Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to extend the shelf life of the balm.
    • I prefer to buy Sundown Naturals’ vitamin E oil.

  7. Add 15–20 drops of essential oil.
    • I used 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil for its ability to remove toxins and reduce hair loss.
    • I also used 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil for its antiseptic and aromatic properties as well as its ability to ward off itchy skin while increasing follicle stimulation.
    • However, you can use any essential oil you prefer (i.e., rosemary, peppermint, etc).
  8. Transfer the liquid into a container of your choice, and enjoy!
    • I purchased 100 ml tins (for gifting purposes) and added a custom label that I designed, but you could use any container you like that has been cleaned and sterilized.

         

          NOTE This makes a great Movember gift for that special guy in your life. Or, you can gift this for Christmas (or any other special occasion)!   😉

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Blackberry Sage Tea Creamy Leave-in Conditioner

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Recipe Card - Blackberry Sage Tea Creamy Leave-in Conditioner

  1. Add ¾ cup of VO5’s Tea Therapy Blackberry Sage Tea Revitalizing Conditioner to a 16 oz. flip-top container.
    • This conditioner contains vitamins b3, b5, c, e, and h.
    • It has blackberry and sage extracts that provide each strand with energy, volume, and balance.
    • It is also supposed to energize limp hair and protect hair from UV rays
  2. Add ½ cup of distilled (not tap) water.
  3. Add ¼ cup of aloe vera juice.
    • Aloe vera juice relieves itchy, dry scalps and acts as a conditioning agent that reduces frizz.
    • I buy the Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Juice. It comes in a large 1 gallon jug and has a shelf life of about 2 years (when stored properly in the fridge).
  4. Add 2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil.
    • Olive oil is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft. This makes it a great choice for imparting strength, shine, and smoothing the hair’s cuticle.
    • I usually buy the Kirkland brand olive oil from Costco or Amazon.
  5. Add 1 tsp of vegetable glycerin.
    • Glycerin is a natural humectant. It helps to attract and retain moisture to your hair’s follicles.
    • I adore the 100% pure version from NOW Solutions. It never fails to soften and moisturize my parched tresses!
  6. Add ½ teaspoon of vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin e oil has anti-aging properties that prevent damaging effects from the environment (e.g., free radicals).
    • This nutrient-rich oil heals and repairs skin and hair.
    • It is also an antioxidant that helps keep the spritz fresh by extending the shelf life.
    • I prefer to buy Sundown Naturals’ vitamin e oil.
  7. Add 15–20 drops of essential oil.
  8. Add top, and shake vigorously to incorporate all ingredients. Enjoy!

I like to use a funnel. I bought a set that came in multiple sizes. It has proven to be a must for me when I make my own DIY hair and skincare products! While it’s not absolutely necessary, it does make the process (for me) much more stress- and mess-free!

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Super-moisturizing Lavender Hair Spritz

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Recipe Card - SUPER-MOISTURIZING SPRITZ

 

  1. Add ½ cup of aloe vera juice.
    • Aloe vera juice relieves itchy, dry scalps and acts as a conditioning agent that reduces frizz.
    • I buy the Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Juice. It comes in a large 1 gallon jug and has a shelf life of 1 ½ – 2 years (when stored properly in the fridge).
  2. Add ½ cup of rose water.
    • Rosewater helps to balance the pH of skin.
    • It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce and prevent irritated skin and clogged pores.
    • It’s antioxidant properties strengthens and regenerates skin cells.
    • Rose water also hydrates and refreshes hair, and helps with the retention of moisture.
    • I love the rose water by Heritage Store.
  3. Add ½ cup of distilled (not tap) water.
    • If you live in a hard water area like I do, this is a CRUCIAL step.
    • It is imperative that you use distilled (or filtered) water. Don’t use tap water, especially if you are unsure of the water content (or if you have never tested your water)!
  4. Add ⅓ cup of vegetable glycerin.
    • Glycerin is a natural humectant. It helps to attract and retain moisture to your hair’s follicles.
    • I adore the 100% pure version from NOW Solutions. It never fails to soften and moisturize my parched tresses!
  5. Add ½ teaspoon of vitamin e oil.
    • Vitamin e oil has anti-aging properties that prevent damaging effects from the environment (e.g., free radicals).
    • This nutrient-rich oil heals and repairs skin and hair.
    • It is also an antioxidant that helps to keep the spritz fresh by extending the shelf life.
    • After trying several brands, I’ve locked onto Sundown Naturals vitamin e oil.
  6. Add 2030 drops of lavender essential oil.
  7. Shake vigorously to incorporate all ingredients, and enjoy!

After tinkering with the proportions for two months, this has become my go-to daily hair moisturizer. I use it on my twist-outs, wash ‘n gos, protective styles, everything! When nothing else will moisturize my hair, this will. Trust!

Follow-up with your fave oil. I normally gravitate to whipped shea butter but, this summer, I’ve been reaching for extra virgin olive oil more frequently. Just use what your hair loves.

 

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Head & Shoulders Moisture Care for Textured Hair

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I am always on the hunt for a great shampoo and conditioner that will treat my sensitive scalp. While I usually only have a few seborrheic dermatitis flare ups a year, a good scalp care line is key to calm the inflammation and irritation I usually experience. For the last two years, my scalp cure go-to has been Aveeno’s Nourish + Dandruff Control line. While I still like this particular product, I recently swapped it out for Head & Shoulders’ new moisture hair care line. My sister told me about the line first and had been raving about it non-stop for weeks, so when I had an opportunity to try it as well, I jumped at the chance!

Their new moisture care line consists of the following products:

  1. Shampoo
  2. 2-in-1 Shampoo Conditioner
  3. Co-wash
  4. Scalp Soother

Formulated specifically for “textured hair,” I excitedly tried Head & Shoulders’ 2-in-1, their co-wash, and the scalp soother. Admittedly, I’m always a little reticent to use 2-in-1s. They usually tend to cleanse my scalp really well and leave my strands über dry or are overly moisturizing at the expense of leaving my scalp still sullied with a week’s worth of product and debris. Ick! Who wants that? Not me! So, I have to tell you, I didn’t expect too much from this particular product. In fact, I knowingly had a moisturizing conditioner at the ready prior to taking a shower so that I could ensure that my strands received the moisture they needed. To my surprise, I never needed it! The 2-in-1 thoroughly cleansed my scalp, yet my hair felt extremely soft. I’m not sure how they did it exactly, but my hair was cleansed, moisturized, and conditioned all in ONE step. Talk about a hair care time-saver! In fact, my tresses felt so amazing, I even skipped my usual deep conditioning session! I’ve never had a product that allowed me to do that … Ever!

The only other thing I did was use the scalp soother. Unfortunately, the first time I used the product, I doused my scalp with the product (since I had been experiencing a really bad seborrheic dermatitis flare up for the last two weeks). After applying the scalp soother, my scalp felt like I had started a bonfire on my head! Once the excruciating, burning sensation ended, I still felt uncomfortable … like I had emptied a case of peppermint patties on my crown. I immediately texted my sister to ask if she had experienced the same thing. When she texted back and said that she hadn’t, I panicked!

I reached for the scalp soother bottle so that I could read the instructions. (Yes, I know I should have done this prior to using the product so liberally.) According to the instructions, I was only supposed to use 15 pumps. However, I had expelled closer to 25! I was in such a panic, I almost started to rewash my hair. Fortunately, I was able to tough it out, and my scalp returned to “normal.” The next time I used the scalp soother, I actually followed the instructions and COUNTED the “pumps.” This time, the product had a cooling, calming effect on my scalp that I enjoyed (instead of feared)! So, definitely don’t go overboard like I did the first time. Believe me, 15 pumps is MORE than enough, even if you have a scalp condition like I do.

The following week, temps where I live soared to the high 90s, and the heat index was almost 120! Due to the immense humidity, I had used much more product than I ordinarily do just to get my hair to behave. As a result, I decided to try Head & Shoulders’ co-wash mid-week to “refresh” my hair prior to my normal weekly wash. I really liked it. My hair felt amazingly hydrated after using it. The co-wash is my sister’s personal favorite! She enjoys using this throughout the week in-between washings as well.

I like how all of the products contain vitamin E, almond oil, and coconut essence. I love that they are also pH-balanced and gentle on chemically treated hair. Relaxed and colored divas rejoice!

As a result, I definitely plan to buy more of the 2-in-1co-wash, and scalp soother prior to running out. And, as soon as I polish off the last of my Aveeno Nourish + Dandruff Control, I intend to replace it with the products I tried from this line permanently. They work that well!

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